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COVID-19

The current situation with COVID-19 has made lifestyle choices even more important. We have been providing information to our practice members to help them know what to do. Please access them here in case you have missed any.


COVID-19 End-Game »

COVID-19 End-Game Poll:

We have heard a number of strategies for how people see things unfolding with the Pandemic. This is something that each person is deciding for themselves.

Very interested in your thoughts on when you think you will be ready to ready to re-engage more fully in society.

Which of the following best describes your current thinking? (Your answer may be a combination of the choices.)

  1. I am taking reasonable care with social distancing and wearing a mask in public. I believe I can do most things while taking these precautions.
  2. I am staying home until there is a vaccine.
  3. I am avoiding contact with others until the infection rates are very low.
  4. I have been using this time to strengthen my immune system by eating well, exercising and managing my stress. I know that if my immune system is strong I will be capable of creating antibodies and can weather this if I am infected.
  5. I am planning to stay home and safe until early next year when the virus dies down.
  6. I am pretty much going about my normal business right now. I think my immune system is strong enough that I will be OK. I only wear a mask when I go places that require it.
  7. I am trying to do things to keep my health up while this is going on. Chiropractic adjustments have been helpful in managing my stress. I think that if my nervous system is less stressed that will certainly help my immune system too.
  8. I am feeling healthy myself but am afraid if I get sick I will pass it on to family members who are less healthy. For that reason I am staying home and waiting until it seems safe.
  9. I really don’t know when this will end, and I’m really frustrated by the whole thing. I don’t know how much longer I can go on like this.
  10. My plan is different than any you have listed.

Please send us your thoughts as we are here to help in any way we may. Very happy to be your ‘sounding board’ as you make decisions on your ‘re-opening’.


The Biggest Immune System Suck? »

COVID-19 has made it abundantly clear that a strong immune system is the difference between life and death. Those with immune strength may not even know they caught the bug. Those with compromised immunity, due to conditions like diabetes and obesity, may not survive it. Do you know what the medical term is for someone who gets sick from a virus? They are called a ‘host’.

Why do some folks get sick with hardly any symptoms and others get really sick and even die?

How can you avoid being a ‘Good Host’?

Unfortunately recent events, including quarantine, have actually weakened the immune systems of many who were already healthy enough to survive COVID.

Are you healthier now than you were three months ago?

What have you been doing to build the strength of your immune system?

You already knew that diet, exercise, rest and stress management affect immune system strength. Everyone we have spoken to has intended to work on improving his or her diet, exercise and stress management while quarantined. How has that actually been going for you?

Medical researchers have long wondered why groups of people in the same environment that become exposed to a cold virus do not all get sick. Clearly the presence of the virus is only part of the equation. What is it that makes some people a more susceptible host?

The New England Journal of Medicine published some vital research.

Doctors studied a group of 394 healthy subjects. They chose individuals who had no chronic or acute illness and were taking no regular prescription drugs. The participants were then given comprehensive physical examinations, blood tests and psychological evaluations. Once the researchers were satisfied the test subjects were truly healthy, they were then given nasal drops containing cold viruses. Only certain individuals got the cold. Who do you think got sick?

Well, the title of their peer-reviewed paper gives it away: “Psychological Stress and Susceptibility to the Common Cold”

Knowing that stress can make the difference between staying healthy and getting ill is one thing. Actually having a clear plan and accessing resources to get stronger in a stressful environment is something else.

Stress is multi-factorial. What can you do that will really make the most difference in making your immune system more resilient?

We want to assist you with tools that can strengthen your resistance during this critical time. COVID-19 is not the last bad bug that we will be faced with. This current experience is a ‘wake up call’ for all of us to make health a priority.

Since different things work for different people, we have available a variety of assessments and tools for reducing stress and strengthening the immune system.

We can work with you one-on-one, in person or virtually. We can also work with small groups in the office or via webinars.

Please let us know if this is something that interests you and we can provide options specific to your needs.


COVID-19 Our Plan For This Re-opening Phase »

We want to update you about the proactive approaches we’re taking with regards to the COVID-19 situation and the re-opening of the Texas economy.

Estimates of how long we will be dealing with this COVID-19 range from 18 months to 3 years. What we know is that it will be a long time! Some may decide to isolate for however long it takes. Most of us will need to develop strategies to be as safe as possible while having some wider interactions.

Our office has been open throughout this whole first phase, and this has provided an opportunity to continually evolve our safety measures. Here are some of the details.

Office Hours: We have added appointment spaces throughout the day to reduce office occupancy and to allow for extra cleaning.

Hygiene: We are taking multiple steps

Office Entry: We request all practice members go to the restroom on arrival to wash hands prior to entry. The front door to our suite is propped open, so no touching is required. We ask that all who enter the office wear masks while they are here.

Reception Area: With our revised schedule there is rarely more than one person in the reception room. Chairs have been removed and those remaining are well separated. Hand sanitizer is provided for use in our reception area and throughout our practice.

Check In: We have simplified our front desk procedures to reduce or eliminate your need to touch surfaces. There is no need to sign in. You will go directly from reception to treatment rooms.

Personal Sanitation: We are regularly cleaning and sanitizing all surfaces and equipment with disinfectant. Adjusting tables are cleaned after each use. Doctors are either washing hands or using hand sanitizer between appointments.

Check Out: Our previous ‘check in’ area is now being used for check out. This keeps the passage from reception to treatment rooms open. We are not requiring the signing of credit card slips. Sanitary wipes are used to clean and return your credit cards.

Practice Member Screening: We have requested that anyone with respiratory symptoms or fever call and speak with one of the doctors before coming to the office so we can pre-screen.

Extra Accommodation: We understand that some of our practice members are still not be ready to return to the office. We are available to provide support via telephone, Skype, Face Time, etc. In some cases we can schedule appointments at the beginning or end of a shift to provide greater social distancing.

It is increasingly obvious that we can’t isolate our way to robust health. Active engagement with life and community is essential for a healthy and satisfying life. We are committed to providing support for our practice members as you discover your path through this complex situation.


A New Health Resource For You »

The Ultimate Journey

Do you realize your life has been a journey? Each time you come to a fork in the road you have to make a choice. And, the sum of those choices have brought you to this present moment.

Your life journey is composed of multiple facets or categories: family, career, finance, health, etc.

COVID-19 has made it obvious that your health is more important than you may have ever realized. Without sufficient vitality your immune system could be overwhelmed by this invisible, opportunistic bug.

There are two main things necessary to support your health:

1) It is important to stay safe with good hygiene and social distancing practices. However, you can’t isolate your way to robust health. Active engagement with life and community is essential for a healthy and satisfying life.

2) Paying attention to basic health supporting practices of hydration, nutrition, exercise and stress management are of supreme importance. Chiropractic care can help reduce the stress levels in your muscles and your nervous system, and we are here to help you with that. But, only you can make the appropriate lifestyle choices to maintain a high quality of health and life.

We have found that our practice members are currently needing additional support beyond the chiropractic care we provide. We have been sending emails with ‘health tips’ and doing one-on-one sessions in person and over the phone.

We Now Want to Offer You an Additional Resource.

We are making available a new online community. We have begun an ‘invitation only’ Facebook group, The Optimal Health Journey. This is a place for sharing health related resources. Think exercises, meditations, simple nutritious recipes and meal plans. It can also be a place to ask your questions. You get the idea. This will not be for political commentary, cat or dog videos or solicitations.

If you are interested in participating in this virtual community, please go to the Family Chiropractic Center, Austin TX Facebook page. To make sure you on the right Facebook page, you should see our logo, which looks like this.

On the left side of the page you will see a menu. It says ‘Home’, ‘Services’, etc. On the bottom of that menu you will see ‘Groups’. You may have to click ‘More’ to see the Groups. Click on Groups and you will see The Optimal Health Journey. You should see a button, ‘Request to Join’. Once we get your request we can add you to the group.

If you have difficulty making your request, please let us know and we can help you.


Covid-19: Reducing Stress & Anxiety »

Take a Deep, Full Breath and Push Your Shoulders Down From Your Ears

The term “social distancing” wasn’t part of our vocabulary a few months ago. But many things have changed since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Now, we’re being asked to stay home, and, for some of us, it’s taking a toll on our mental health.

We’re worried about our loved ones, our kids’ education and our finances. Our movement is restricted and the extended time at home is starting to cause cabin fever.

We understand these worries, so we wanted to share some of the ways we’re staying positive with you. If you’re experiencing stress, we hope you’ll find these little tips useful to help combat anxiety and improve your mental wellbeing.

Keep a Routine

In such uncertain times, predictability feels like a luxury. Create a realistic family routine that includes time for work, play and relaxation. Take the time to enjoy healthy meals together, and do your best to get everyone to bed at a reasonable time – getting enough sleep is important for all aspects of your health.

Get Outside

We can’t stress this one enough. Keep your social distance by heading out early in the morning or later in the evening. Working up a sweat is a great way to reduce anxiety, so try to keep your body moving for at least half an hour.

If you can’t get outside, you’ll find plenty of exercise videos for every body and skill level online. Check out Walk At Home on YouTube to get started.

Find the Good – Keep Your Focus on Things You Appreciate

There’s a lot of bad news going around right now. But there’s a lot of good out there too. Make a point of finding the goodness in your community and being grateful. Helping others is also a fantastic way to feel good about yourself. Consider volunteering to help an elderly community member or donating to a local charity if you are able.

Stay Connected

While we can’t see our loved ones in person, we can keep connected through technology. Video chat with friends and family through apps like Facetime, Marco Polo and Zoom, host virtual get togethers on HouseParty or play games as a group on PlayingCards.io. Join a virtual book club, or start your own.

Limit Social Media & the News

Spending too much time on TV and social media is bad for our eyes, our posture and our stress levels. Put a time limit on social media use and spend a little extra “me” time on relaxing activities like doing puzzles, listening to music or keeping a journal.

Remember, if you feel stressed during this unprecedented time, you’re not alone. Take the time for self-care, focus on the things you can control and stay positive. We’re all in this together!


Covid-19: Work From Home Tips »

Have you started working from home because of COVID-19? Maybe you’re newly homeschooling your kids or simply spending more time in quarters for a variety of other reasons.

Accessing technology from the couch or kitchen in your PJs sounds comfortable at first. But…

Poor posture leads to aches and pains, which can develop into chronic back, neck, shoulder and wrist injuries.

You might not have an ergonomic workstation in your home. But we’ve got your back. Working or learning from home doesn’t have to be painful. And a setup that keeps you and your family pain-free doesn’t have to be expensive.

5 Simple Ways to Work at Home in Comfort and Protect Your Spinal Health

#1) Lift your laptop

If you’re using your laptop at the kitchen table, it might be positioned too low. Place a few books or a shoebox underneath it so you are looking directly at the screen. This is easy to adjust for your smaller family members and will stop you from leaning forward and bending your necks.

#2) Raid the linen closet

No cushy desk chair? No problem. Slip a thin cushion under your seat and a rolled-up towel behind your lower back. This lumbar support will help to prevent low back pain.

#3) Stand up

You don’t need an expensive standing desk. A simple hack like placing a large cardboard box on your kitchen table can raise your laptop enough to be effective. Try to alternate between sitting and standing. We recommend standing while on calls or watching videos to get started.

#4) Go wireless

Wireless gadgets are affordable game-changers. A wireless headset can relieve the strain an extended cell phone call puts on your neck. Wireless keyboard & mouse combinations allow you to keep a comfortable typing position while elevating your screen as needed.

#5) Stretch it out

Make sure every family member takes time to move at least once an hour. Neck rolls, shoulder rolls, and gentle spinal twists will help keep you flexible.

Finally, don’t forget to take plenty of breaks. This is a stressful time, and it’s important to give yourself the physical and mental space to stay healthy.

Are you working remotely or homeschooling for the first time? Visit our Facebook page and share your tips with us! If you have additional questions about your home ‘work station’, please let us know.


Perspective: From Fear to New Possibilities »

There is a lot of fear throughout the world right now. Fear of the unknown. Fear of loss and tragedy. Fear of almost anything you can think of. Despite this there are moments of awakening and realization of what matters most.

In every challenge there are the seeds of opportunity. The following poem mentions the very real problems in the world today. It also reveals how a shift in perspective can open new possibilities. Enjoy!

Lockdown

Yes there is fear.

Yes there is isolation.

Yes there is panic buying.

Yes there is sickness.

Yes there is even death.

But,
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise

You can hear the birds again.

They say that after just a few weeks of quiet

The sky is no longer thick with fumes

But blue and grey and clear.

They say that in the streets of Assisi

People are singing to each other

across the empty squares,

keeping their windows open

so that those who are alone

may hear the sounds of family around them.

They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland

Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.

Today a young woman I know

is busy spreading fliers with her number

through the neighbourhood

So that the elders may have someone to call on.

Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples

are preparing to welcome

and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary

All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting

All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way

All over the world people are waking up to a new reality

To how big we really are.

To how little control we really have.

To what really matters.

To Love.

So we pray and we remember that

Yes there is fear.

But there does not have to be hate.

Yes there is isolation.

But there does not have to be loneliness.

Yes there is panic buying.

But there does not have to be meanness.

Yes there is sickness.

But there does not have to be disease of the soul

Yes there is even death.

But there can always be a rebirth of love.

Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.

Today, breathe.

Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic

The birds are singing again

The sky is clearing,

Spring is coming,

And we are always encompassed by Love.

Open the windows of your soul

And though you may not be able

to touch across the empty square,

Sing.

Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM March 13, 2020

[The Order of Friars Minor, also called the Franciscans, the Franciscan Order, or the Seraphic Order, has a postnominal abbreviation OFM)

For COVID-19 Resources go to the ‘Health Tips’ section of www.famchiro.com

Yours in Health,

Family Chiropractic Center


Enhancing Your Immune Function During COVID-19 (Part 1) »

Enhancing Your Immune Function During COVID-19 (Part 1)

“What are you doing to be as healthy as possible at this time?”

This is a question we are asking patients when they come into the office or when we speak to them on the phone.

We have discovered people have a lot of misconceptions and are not clear on the key things they should be doing to keep their immune system as robust as possible.

7 Immune System Basics:

1. Sleep: Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night. This is the time your body uses for repair and recharging.

2. Hydration: Water is key to eliminating toxins from the body and to proper function of all body systems. Drink water throughout the day. One way to know you are drinking enough is if your urine is a light color.

3. Quality Nutrition: Eat as much real, whole food as possible and reduce processed and prepared foods. Make sure you are eating plenty of fruits and vegetables since they are natural sources of vitamins and minerals.

4. Eliminate Toxins: Reduce sugar, alcohol, caffeine and foods for which you have sensitivities (e.g. dairy, gluten, etc.). These substances stress your immune system and make your body more acidic.

5. Spend Time in Nature: Go outside and walk or exercise. Fresh air and sunshine provide essential nutrients you can never get inside. Sunlight in moderation provides natural Vitamin D. The air inside buildings often has a variety of environmental toxins. Exercise stimulates the flow of your lymphatic system, which clears toxins from your tissues. Perspiration is one of the most effective ways your body can remove waste from your tissues.

6. Give Your Mind & Heart Healthy Input: Negative stress sabotages your immune system.Your greatest power is the ability to choose what you pay attention to. Limit the time you spend on your computer and watching TV. Spend time in meditation and with inspirational materials.

7. Find Ways to Give to Others: Spend less time thinking about yourself and consider ways you can support others. Little things like a smile and an encouraging word can be powerful. Reach out to tell someone you know that you are thinking about them and wishing them well. Nothing makes us happier than wholehearted giving to others.

Statistics have shown that approximately 80% of those exposed to the Corona Virus 2019 will have minimal symptoms. Make sure your immune systems will be strong enough to handle a small exposure, and you will develop natural immunity to this new virus. Once enough of us have acquired immunity, social distancing can be relaxed.

We at the Family Chiropractic Center intend to be in the 80% group, and we want to do everything we can to see that you are as well.

We all have an important responsibility. We need to do what we can to reduce viral spread and to help protect the 20% who will be more challenged. Right now we want to keep the number of those who require hospitalization as low as possible.

We are all working to discover the path forward through the challenges.

We Are Dedicated to Helping You be Vitally Healthy!

Yours in Health,

Family Chiropractic Center


We Are Offering Long Distance Adjustments »

Chiropractic adjustments clear stress from the nervous system, allowing your body heal from the inside out. We have been looking for ways to provide adjustments to our practice members even when they are not in the office. To this end we are staying connected and providing support through emails and posts on our website.

As you have noticed, there is a lot of fear throughout the world right now. Fear of the unknown. Fear of loss and tragedy. Fear is always related to the future, and it takes you out of the present moment. When you come back to the present and to things you know to be real and true, there you will find encouragement and realization of what matters most.

In a recent email outlining ways you can strengthen your immune system we wrote,

“Negative stress sabotages your immune system.Your greatest power is the ability to choose what you pay attention to. Limit the time you spend on your computer and watching TV. Spend time in meditation and with inspirational materials.”

In that same email, we suggested,

“Spend less time thinking about yourself and consider ways you can support others. Little things like a smile and an encouraging word can be powerful. Reach out to tell someone you know that you are thinking about them and wishing them well. Nothing makes us happier than wholehearted giving to others.”

The following poem was sent to us by one of our practice members. It beautifully reveals how we can reach out with our hearts. Enjoy!
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Pandemic
What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.

And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love–
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.

–Lynn Ungar 3/11/20

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We are all working to discover the path forward through the challenges.


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